Lee, Hamels, then we’ll see …
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel loves the matchup. Most of the Rockies’ feared hitters are left-handed, and the Phillies will start lefties Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels in the first two games of the National League Division Series. The Rockies hit .264 against right-handers and .253 against left-handers during the regular season.
“Left-handed pitchers agaisnt Colorado, to me, definitely comes into play,” Manuel said. ‘I think with lee and Hamels, I think that we’ve got two top-notch pitchers going into the first two games of the series.”
This also gives Manuel lefty J.A. Happ and righty Joe Blanton to pitch in relief should one of the two aces struggle. That would mean Manuel can limit the use of a bullpen that has struggled during the latter part of the season.